kiova project – majec ep {ep/lp release #12}

Artist: kiova project
Title:
majec ep
Label:
 Milk
Catalog #:
ep/lp release #12
Release Date:
2000/02/16


01 – nalok (introductal) [4:43]

pretty nice intro, string, speech & the usual stuff, you could say. in some parts the strings are too ‘heavy’, i mean they are too high volume. the middle part is echoed voices and sweeped strings, going all the way to the end. for my taste, this track is a little bit too monotonous, i mean it uses all the effects & tricks introduced on millions of other ambient tracks. but don’t get me wrong, this track is not bad.

[80%]

02 – uiku natural [7:05]

strings and pretty bizarre-sounding effects start this track. sweeping strings sound nice, but they are too much in background and the effects are too much in foreground, in my opinion. the theme is same, through the whole track, there are just small variations, as far as i can notice. without the bizarre effects this track would be the best in the ep.

[84%]

03 – phlow [5:03]

nice, uptone strings start this track with a bit fuzzy -sounding effect in background. pretty good, perhaps too monotonous comp comes in, merged with nice strings. the track continues with bassline and a bit too sharp melody. nice track, the comp, although it’s repetitive, gives a nice edge to this track.

[84%]

04 – phlow (end) [7:35]

this track starts with reverbing sound, which soon transforms into semi-majestetic strings. the melody is nice, except some looping problems disturb the harmony. the melody changes it’s mood for a while; it sound quite sad. but not for long; the original melody, with loud strings comes back, with beat this time. the beat is quite simple, but it still fits into the track. this is quite good track, except for too loud strings and few bad sounding loops.

[83%]

-tuomas.r


Tracklist:
01 – Nalok (Introductial)
02 – uiku natural
03 – phlow
04 – phlow (end)

Artwork:
Front Cover
Back Cover


kiova project – kosovo {ep/lp release #3}

Artist: kiova project
Title:
kosovo
Label:
 Milk
Catalog #:
ep/lp release #3
Release Date:
1999/05/03


A four-track ep:
Shiaman consists of effects and filtered pads. Somewhere in the half way there are some ethnic wind instruments playing strange melodies. The track ends with a heavy highpass-filtered pad and an effect of water hitting a tank. Quite nice a track really – still missing some action.
Ats is a peaceful ambient track. The sweeping filtered pads play a main role in this one with strange background noises.
Kikituk starts with an ooh-pad (you know the preset on many synths) playing misty melodies. At 1:30 the drums fade in. They are just a simple loop but what I like about them are the little changes in tempo at times. Then there is $ an acoustic guitar and a pad just a little out of tune giving a really special spooky feel. I love this one. This really stands out.
Jiik has the same formula: Strings with some effects. This time the effects are a radio noise. The main instrument is something that brought an image to my mind of a wooden box with a string that you pick with your finger. A flute of some kind plays tunes for a couple of minutes. Then there come the usual orchestral strings.

Although this album isn’t very groundbreaking and professional it has plenty of good ideas and it is a nice ambient album.

[ 86 %]


Tracklist:
01 – Shiaman
02 – Ats
03 – Kikituk
04 – Jiik

Artwork:
Front Cover